Q: I just started dating someone who I really like, but there is one catch. She has a cat, and I am so allergic to them. What steps can I take to help?
A: Allergies that lead to congestion and other mucus-like buildups are creating this reaction because the body is stabilizing itself against whatever may be harming the system. Along with eliminating direct contact with the cat as much as you can, as well as washing your hands after coming in contact with its dander, you can also lessen the likelihood and intensity of the reactions themselves through a few basic lifestyle modifications:
- Refrain from eating for the last five hours of the day, so that your body can properly digest its food and absorb toxicity in the body before you go to bed. On an empty stomach, your body will digest the allergens it would otherwise react to.
- Refrain from eating sweets, as this type of food will increase the build-up of mucus-like substances in the body.
- Avoid eating spicy and sour foods, as these types of foods create heat in the body and exacerbate allergic reactions.
- Avoid alcohol and coffee, as these substances likewise create heat in the body and intensify allergic reactions.